De Kock leads way as SA beat Aussies


October 01, 2016
AP South Africa's batsman Quinton de Kock.

CENTURION, South Africa (AP):

Quinton de Kock slammed 178 and the second-highest score by a South African in one-day internationals to help beat top-ranked Australia by six wickets in the first of five ODIs yesterday.

Opener De Kock's 11th ODI century was the best innings by a South African against Australia in the 50-over format and second-best ever for the Proteas behind Gary Kirsten's 188 not out against United Arab Emirates at the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

De Kock crunched 11 sixes along with 16 fours to send South Africa to 295-4 at SuperSport Park, overtaking Australia's 294-9 with more than 13 overs to spare.

He shared a 145-run opening stand with Rilee Rossouw (63), then really cut loose to completely dominate a 123-run partnership with captain Faf du Plessis, smashing 94 of those 123 runs.

In the process of overtaking Herschelle Gibbs' 175, the previous best by a South African against Australia, De Kock broke what he said was his favourite bat.

De Kock's match-winning performance followed new fast bowler Andile Phehlukwayo's 4-44, which reined in a fast-starting Australian batting lineup.

George Bailey top-scored for Australia with 74. But his seventh-wicket partnership of 79 with John Hastings, who hit a career-best 51, was needed to prop up Australia after the tourists went out hard against the South African bowlers and found themselves in trouble at 192-6 in the 29th over.

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